Headteacher’s Weekly Bulletin
Friday 17th October 2014
In light of last week’s technical issues in School, I’ve decided to begin putting this bulletin together nice and early; it’s 6.50 a.m. and let’s hope the system is sufficiently awake. I hope the absence of tales of student exploits last Friday evening didn’t spoil the start of the weekend and that you all managed to have a good read of the bulletin when it appeared on Monday morning. It certainly was a busy week. Not surprisingly, this week has been no different and I have been inundated once again with reports from colleagues.
We pride ourselves on our links with local primary schools and an extensive programme has been developed by Mr Shaw over the last few years. This is not only sporting events and fun activities put on for primary school children but curriculum links, staff development and various means of rendering pupils “Wellington ready”. The programme is of great mutual benefit . Events and activities run throughout the year but it has been a particularly busy few weeks. This week, Mrs Cook and Mr Little delivered some computer programming training to 6 KS2 teachers from the Bollin Primary School, 60 Year 4 and 5 pupils from Well Green took part in a variety of sports planned and lead by Year 11 Wellington students as part of the leadership element of their GCSE and last night we hosted the girls’ football tournament. Mr Shaw reports that the Bollin Girls' football team emulated last week's boys' victory and took the tournament by storm. They eased comfortably past Altrincham C of E in the semi finals to watch Heyes Lane beat Park Road by a golden goal scored after the teams remained locked at 1-1 after 20 minutes. Bollin never looked troubled in the final and beat Heyes Lane 1-0. Heyes Lane put up a spirited performance but the excellent Bollin team proved too strong on the day.
So what else has happened during week 7 of the Autumn Term?
Mrs Mackay, Maths teacher and Careers guru, ably assisted by Mrs Taylor-Crooke have put on another careers event this week with resounding success. Mrs Mackay provides these words;
“On Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th of October, Year 11 students participated in a carousel of events, which included a Careers Fair, Employability Workshop, Apprenticeship Workshop and a Pathways to Future Education Workshop.
The atmosphere was buzzing with students discussing the various career routes on the horizon. Students were provided with invaluable advice regarding their future options and had ample time in the workshops to ask any questions as and when they arose. They also had the opportunity to chat more informally to people from industry regarding their aspirations. Exhibits included: University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Trafford College, Manchester College, Salford City College, Reece Heath College, The NHS, The Police Force and Media City College to name but a few.
The day culminated with each student being guided through the development of a CV which they will use for life.
Here are some quotes from students;
‘This brings my future into perspective’
“Can we do this every week miss, it’s been really useful”
All of the providers couldn’t praise our students enough (although this comes as no surprise). It was so nice to see the students sat chatting together during their free time, discussing what their plans are.”
Thank you to a very proud Mrs Mackay and Mrs Taylor-Crooke and well done to our fabulous Year 11s.
Miss Hitchens braved the judging process of the Imperial War Museum Competition entries she received last week. The quality of entries was phenomenal with beautiful imagery and poetic language evident in all. Some students created ration boxes and tea-stained letters to accompany their work to add to its authenticity; indeed, the effort from them was itself a massive commemoration of the losses in WW1. While a number of poems will be displayed on the English corridor and in the LRC, the pieces selected for the IWM were from Georgia Higham (Y8), Lauren Temple, Joshua Wykes, Emily Topping, Charlotte Crewe and Chayce Smith (all Y10). Students received certificates and prizes and now await news to see if their work has been selected for the IWM’s showcase. Well done to all involved.
As a side note, Miss Hitchens attended the annual teacher briefing at Media City for BBC School Report this week and was very pleased to see Wellington’s Alzheimer’s report (you will recall this from last year) modelled as an excellent example of what the initiative can offer schools – she admits she let out a little scream of excitement / joy / pride!
Mr Gerschler (2nd in Department) has forwarded this update;
“The History Department would like to acknowledge some students who have impressed inside and outside of lessons this week. Mr Gerschler is once again amazed at the amount of effort that Wellington students put into their homework tasks. Special mentions this week go to Elayne Atherton from 7.1a for her Roman Gladiator puppet show. Also, Phoebe Tyson and Isabella Ratcliffe of 8.1b with their BBC video interview with Guy Fawkes. Both videos show great humour, initiative and creativity. Miss Davison would like to say well done to Rebekah Court of 7.3b for her homework. Rebekah has shown her creative side by producing videos on Ancient Rome and even crafting a flag for the Roman Empire out of fabric. Miss McEnroe would like to praise 8.5a, who showed incredible maturity in their L2L lesson through discussing challenging world issues. A big well done to everyone mentioned from the History Department! Keep up the creativity and hard work.”
Although I ultimately became a Language teacher, my favourite subject throughout school (and my best A level result!) was History, so it’s always great to see young people being inspired by wonderful teaching and fascinating topics and “living out” history as I once did.
Mrs Williams has provided me some MFL news items.
I believe the Year 10 students have had a great week in Germany (Stuttgart) and Miss McShane and Miss Warburton will report back next week. Delia, our new French assistant has made an excellent start and we have also welcomed Suzanna (Spanish voluntary assistant) into the department. Miss Weeks’ Language Leaders have begun to get their teeth into their new initiative and are meeting weekly to discuss a programme. Students can now follow MFL on twitter (Twitter and Instagram address is @wellington_mfl). This has been set up by Language Leaders.
“In PSHE, 7.5a have begun presenting their anti-bullying campaigns. They are absolutely loving this project and a group of girls created a moving video as part of their campaign. They wrote it in lesson but filmed and edited it entirely by themselves outside of school; in addition to a beautiful poster and a very well prepared group speech. It tells the story of a young girl being bullied by a group of other girls her age, she eventually tells a teacher and it has a happy ending. I am assured no girls were actually bullied in the making of this video and I am sure you will agree that they look like they had lots of fun in the process. Well done ladies, an impressive display of commitment to learning outside of the lesson! I can’t wait to watch the rest of the anti-bullying campaigns next week from this super class.” The video is at the very end of my bulletin.
Thanks from “a very impressed Mrs Cook!”
Year 8 parents should be able to rest assured that their sons and daughters will behave perfectly this weekend after they have been learning about the consequences of good and bad karma from a Hindu and Buddhist perspective. “The students definitely preferred the idea of a rebirth as a human, rather than an ant or slug,” adds Mrs Stephens.
Mrs Stephens has also been delighted with the Karma board games that 8.2b have produced for their homework and the class very much enjoyed trialling each other’s games in their REP lesson; “a lovely reward for all their hard work this half term. Parents, if you would like help with the house work just the odd reminder about the need to develop positive Karmic energy may do the trick.”
Surely this is education in its broadest sense; our remit clearly extends beyond the academic.
“Yet another exciting week for the Science Department and aspiring Key Stage 3 scientists. This week was National Biology Week where many of the Key Stage 3 students swabbed for microbes found in their Science labs and learned how Spiderman is genetically modified. The Science Club had their biggest turn-out yet, with more than 60 pupils dissecting pigs’ eyes to find their lens and use them to magnify a piece of text; thoroughly enjoyed by all!”
Thanks to Mrs Tan, one of our new Biology specialists for this report.
Miss MacGlinchey announces the start of the Interform sport season with the highly popular Dodgeball competition. “The Year 8 Dodgeball was an energetic and exciting competition which gave tutor groups the chance to once again show off their sporting prowess. The Year 8 results are: 1st Great Britain (8KJS), 2nd Hungary (8MRN) and 3rd Italy (8CSR).
With excellent sportsmanship, effort and skills by all involved in the Year 7 Dodgeball, it was a thrilling competition for the pupils to be part of. The chants of ‘Bobby Coffey’ (lead by Mr Tomlinson) could be heard throughout the school site!! The results are: 1st Korea (7DMY) (I promise this was not a fix!!), 2nd Germany (7SPR) and 3rd China (7NTN).”
Our Interform sports comp has become increasingly competitive in recent years and now encompasses several more events, with more to be added possibly this year. Thanks to Mrs MacGlinchey and all the PE team for their planning and supervision of these activities.
The undefeated Mr Baker writes; “With four wins from four, the Year 7 football team stepped out with an air of confidence for their final league game of the season. From the “off” Wellington were rampant, refusing to let the opposition out of their half. By half time they had notched up seven goals to no reply. From half time onwards, guest referee Joel James (Yr 10) took control of proceedings. The goals continued to fly in and by the final whistle Wellington had scored 16. The result won them the South Trafford division of the league. This means they will go on to play their north Trafford equivalents in the league semi-final; a step closer to Carrington. Final score Wellington 16 Broadoak 0.”
“A resounding 19-0 win for the Year 8 team this week at home to Broadoak. A very one sided contest with little offered going forward from the visitors and a professional performance from the squad to ensure our second win of the season. An excellent individual performance from debutant Brandon Stevens, with a 5 goal haul, and a solid performance from our keeper on the day Jack Griffiths, who had very little to do, ensured all three points. On to the next game!” Mr Harrison is, of course, coach / manager of the Year 8 team.
Mr Tomlinson has forwarded two reports on his Year 10 football team. The first is a “catch up” from last Friday’s encounter with ACA.
“We had to re-arrange our game against ACA to Friday in order to complete our scheduled games. We were very sloppy in the first half and selfish in our play, our poorest first half yet - I blame the fact I was refereeing and not on the side to re-enforce messages. We broke for half time 1-0 up and made a couple of changes at half time to tactics and held a honest conversation with each other. We came out second half a completely different team and dominated proceedings - hunting the ball together and ended up scoring a further three goals to finish the game 4-0. Josh Wilkinson and Cameron Morgan scored two each to continue their good run of goals. Luke Drummond, Scott Milner and Camron Morgan dragged the team through that poor first half and were excellent throughout. Matt Loizou was great in goal saving some key shots at key points throughout the game.”
Mr Tomlinson, who clearly hasn’t written so much since his English GCSE in 1990(!), adds a second report for Year 10.
“Wednesday saw us take to the road for only our second away game of the season, against Broadoak. Our team talk and tactics centred around our faults in the previous game and not being selfish in possession. Our team structure was great first half and contributed to us taking a 2-0 half time lead through Cameron Morgan and Luke Noble. Louis Welch is progressing very well into the right back position and stood out in the first half. Our final decision making was poor and we felt we should have had a more commanding lead. In the second half we played some lovely football, quick passing combined with running off the ball, resulted in many chances and a further two goals from Luke Noble and Luke McKendry. Ricky Pereira was brilliant in centre midfield, breaking up their attacks and triggering quick counter attacks.”
Mr Morgan’s Year 11 football team remain unbeaten after last night’s 9-1 victory over Broadoak. “Congratulations to Chris Trigwell who made his Wellington debut and, I suppose, we will have to mention the 25 yard left foot finish from goalkeeper Tom Swindell, who we allowed out of net after an event-free first half. The next two games v ACA and Sale Grammar will define our season and it is up to the team to get on that bus to Carrington!”
Miss Hodges reports on a new venture for the netballers.
“27 Girls from Years 7, 8 and 9 went away to Condover Hall in Shropshire last Friday for a weekend of Netball and adventurous activities. The girls performed exceptionally well all weekend, facing tough competition they haven’t met before. The Year 8 girls won 5 out of their 6 group games, which placed them second in the group and comfortably through to the semi-finals. Stockport Grammar’s second team seemed to field a much stronger team than they did in the group stages (?!) which left our semi-final on a 6-6 draw, the match went to 2 minutes extra time, where both teams scored once again, and finally to a Golden Goal scenario. Fortunately Madison Daniels scored first, making us the winners! We then faced Stockport Grammar’s first team in the final (who we lost 17-4 to in the group stages). The Wellington girls really showed a fighting spirit and showed how far they had come over the weekend by losing 10-8, which was a huge improvement on the day before.
The Year 9 girls unfortunately didn’t make it out of their group stages, as the competition seemed very tough in their age group. They secured some wins and draws in their group games which was all super practice for their games in the Trafford league for the rest of this year.
The Year 10 girls won all of their games on day 1, which left them top of their group and over the course of day 2 had another win and a loss. Equal on points with Cardinal Langley school the final decision went down to goal difference, where the girls came runners up by only 2 goals.
When not playing Netball the girls were taking part in a range of activities offered at the centre such as abseiling, tunnelling, rock climbing, laser quest, silent and loud discos, high ropes and a bonfire night. Miss Hodges, Mrs Haley, Mrs Thomson and Miss Richards even had a go at some of these activities! The girls behaved incredibly well, and their instructor, James, commented on how much ‘character’ the girls had! We can’t wait to go back next year.”
A huge thank you to the staff for giving up their weekend to accompany the girls but it does sound like you had an equally good time. It is also fantastic to see Wellington’s sporting reputation spreading further and further.
“Year 7 have had their second netball fixture of the year this week. They played much better this week and it is clear that all their hard work in training has paid off. They lost 12-7 to North Cestrian, who fielded the strongest Year 7 team we have seen from them for a long time (Miss Hodges, this is not good news!). The girls kept the goal difference down and even won the last quarter. We’ll keep working on our marking skills to improve our defence and get even better results out of our next fixtures.”
Parent and Staff Association
Mr Shaw has asked me to publicise the PSA Christmas Fair. Sunday 30th November is the date from 10am to 1pm. Stands are £10 and open to all, an ideal place to sell your handmade crafts, greeting cards, handmade jewellery etc. We are very grateful to one of our parents, Miss Shearn of RMS PR, for providing us with the striking design for the poster and flyer you see here. We’d really like to make this a ‘bumper’ fair this year, so if you would like a stand to sell your seasonal wares, or know someone who would, please contact Mr Shaw at School. It is worth remembering that all the profits go directly back to the students for those little extras that enhance their time at Wellington.
Anyway, I have written the last few parts of the bulletin 8 hours after I first began, with an interlude for interviewing an English Assistant and other pressing matters. It would be nice to finish with some witty or inspiring reflection but, quite frankly, I haven’t got the energy. I’m popping over to watch a bit of the “Oliver” rehearsal in the Watson Hall. From what I’ve seen and heard so far some of the acting and singing is astounding. Makes sure you’re there next Wednesday or Thursday; our students deserve your support.
Enjoy whatever you have planned for the weekend. Only five more get-ups until half term, students!
S P Beeley
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